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Alleged Hazing Incident At FAMU's Kappa Psi Psi Sorority Leads To Suspension

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Florida A&M University has placed the Kappa Psi Psi professional sorority on "inactive status," interim President Dr. Larry Robinson announced last week, in response to an alleged Oct. 4 hazing incident at an off-campus location.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports pledges to the sorority were required to stand in place for hours at a time and humiliated while being forced to perform impossible tasks.

FAMU has been a center of controversy since the death of drum major Robert Champion in a hazing incident last year involving the school's marching band, the Marching 100.

The Kappa Psi Psi incident was reported to FAMU's newly launched anti-hazing website.

"As with any alleged incident that is brought to our attention, we are going to investigate and take appropriate action," Robinson said in a press release. "I am pleased that our campus community and those with a vested interest in ending hazing are taking advantage of our anti-hazing website to safely and securely report incidents."

Since the incident occurred off-campus, FAMU Police also have referred the case to the Tallahassee Police Department, according to WCTV.

FAMU has already suspended three other student organizations this year. The campus chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi was recently suspended on hazing allegations, as was the G-Phi step team. The Torque Dance Team at FAMU was also suspended in September on hazing allegations.

The Associated Press reports police recently closed the former two cases because they did not meet legal definitions for criminal hazing. The first defendant in the criminal trial following Champion's death is set to be sentenced Monday.

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